Friday, October 24, 2014

Grateful For Flowers

I used this fabulous Hero Arts stamp set called Antique Gratitude Bouquet to make this card. The detail is fabulous and the image is so impressive on its own. I can't decide if I need a ribbon or some last touch, but the stamp is such an eye-catcher, I don't want to gild the lily, as it were.



I used Canvas Corp papers in the black and ivory 6x6 paper pack. And I used the Neon Red Hero Arts ink pad, available here at a2z Scrapbooking Supplies (on sale for $4!). The leaves are Distress Inks.


You can see in this pick that I stamped the image twice and then fussy cut some blooms to pop up slightly. I added these metallic dots. Then I edged the text paper with the Neon Red ink. 

I've noticed that the better quality of papers turn out a less bright look with the neon ink. Turns out that the basic cardstock for the printer (less sleek) takes on more of the ink and it soaks in, leaving a more vibrant red. I used it on watercolor paper too and I'll post that image soon—even more vibrant.

If you want or need some great scrappy/stamping supplies, head over to the a2z shop, fill your cart with great deals worth $25 and then pop the code CHARK15 in there to get 15% off your goodies. Look! You have friends in high places. wink!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
Chark

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mason Jars Are For Everything

My husband likes to drink from them, the neighbors bottle their BBQ sauce in them and I make crafts with them. They're for everything—you can find a million uses for them and crafts with them on Pinterest if you look. They seem to be huge for weddings currently.

And Moxie Fab World has a canning jar challenge up until October 26th, so join me as I enter these creations there. I got the free digi mason jar art online and if you want the link to one of them, it's here.


 
The first jar uses the Hero Arts Butterfly Fancy Die. I backed the die cut with a piece of paper I watercolored with gelatos and a water brush. After it dried, I used the Wink of Stella glitter pen for a subtle shine on the watercolor. I also used Tombow markers and Prismacolor pencils to make the lid.


This jar card uses Paper Smooches stamps (so cute I can't stand it!) and so I entered it in the Paper Smooches Sparks challenge where anything goes this week. 


The last jar also uses Paper Smooches stamps, Freezy Fellas, and an unconventional color palette. I had the Neon Purple ink from Hero Arts out and used it on these guys too! A little watercoloring with the purple gelato on the hills coordinated perfectly. The trees and snowflakes are from Lawn Fawn. I made this into a shaker card, but it's only my third (I think) and I'm still bad at them! This time I just enclosed the jar in plastic stamp packaging instead of popping up a panel. Easier but not better than the panel. I'll either keep trying or give up on shaker cards one of these days! 

Thanks to Moxie Fab for a a a great challenge and for sparking my interest! And thanks to Paper Smooches for such amazing Halloween stamps (I used Halloweenies and Spookalicious) and cutest snowmen ever! 

Happy Wednesday!
Chark

p.s. I totally forgot to tell you I entered this at the Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp. They carry these adorable stamps too, so if you need the snowmen or the halloween guys, you can click this link to go to Paper Smooches stamps/dies at the store.

p.p.s. 9 more days til Halloween!

Monday, October 20, 2014

O is for October

The challenge over at Simon Says last week was to use "O" as your inspiration. The design team made some absolutely beautiful work that you can see on this post. I tried to be clever all week but all I could come up with was October and Orange for the challenge and that wasn't terribly original. Ah well, it worked! 

Here's the card I made with Distress Inks, a Hero Arts pumpkin stamp and Diamond Stickles. The sentiment is made from black glitter stickers. Inside the card I put in a moon and stars that match the letters. No idea where those came from :) The dot paper is Canvas Corp. I used a white gel pen to try making some Zentangle designs. They are more easy doodles than anything, but it was kinda fun.



My Book Cover of the Week is one of the scariest books I've read...it's a classic Stephen King novel that creeped me out and one I had to read when it was sunny out. The movies was just as scary, even though it was different at the end. Haven't revisited either of them in years—mostly cuz they're scary! This isn't the original cover, but I like it better. No, Danny, don't go in there!



Happy Monday and remember 11 days til Halloween! mwahahahaha!
Chark

Friday, October 17, 2014

Leaf It To Me

I have a post up today over at the a2z Scrapbooking Blog and it's all about leaves, so if you're in the mood for a fall project, head on over there and check it out. Oh, and if you're inspired to buy any goodies at the a2z shop, you can use CHARK15 to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. Here's a peek.



I used these felt leaves that come in a pack of 12 for just $1.50. Love them!


And I used this fall stamp set (which is just $8 right now!), along with burlap bags and more to make holiday table favors. Check out the a2z blog post and let me know what you think!


And here's my Book Cover of The Week—doesn't this look so fun and remind you of fall? It does for me, since I was raised in Ohio and we had the biggest maple ever in our side yard. My dad even hung a swing for us...but it faced a highway so I don't know how they didn't worry every time we went outside to swing. Ah, the 70s, when kids did a lot of stuff without their parents even knowing or worrying.


Happy Autumn!
Chark

Thursday, October 16, 2014

It's A Lotta Fun Or Should I Say It's Gelato Fun?

It's a bonus post today—it's not my regular Monday, Wednesday, Friday post—but that's because I wanted to join in Take the Challenge with Mou over at Faber-Castell's blog. Each month, the very talented Mou issues a challenge and provides inspiration. This month, she gave us this Day of the Dead skull.


Love it! So I tried my best with some gelatos from Faber-Castell...love their smoothness and spreadability (that's a word, right?!). Plus they react with water (see Mou's project above).

Here's my take on the challenge...I used the cutest die cut from Imaginisce and my gelatos in tropical colors.



I used white chipboard from Tim Holtz that had embossed images on the front (that I messed up). I flipped it over and started fresh and just scribbled some color blocks and then added bits around the edges. Then I used my Faber-Castell Stamper's pen in this olive color to color the edges and corners.



Then I made a little candy or gift bag with the piece. The ribbon is just a bunch of bits from years ago (I think the Jack-o-Lantern came from Jo-Ann's $1 ribbon area). The little skull ribbon is soooo old, but adorable, right?


Over at Simon Says Stamp, the weekly challenge is to let "O" inspire you. I used October for mine...I tried to think of something unique, but other than Oprah, I got nothing. So I'm going with October and entering at the Simon Says Monday Challenge!
 

14 days til Halloween! Buy your candy and get your costume ready!
Chark

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It's A Book Of Halloween Past

We made this book that opens to a display for Halloween at a local store last year or so...and I took it out to display and thought, "this is really cool." So I'm sharing it today and a link where you can learn to make your own! I've filled mine with tiny pics of past Halloweens in no real order.





Cute, huh? Here's a great video tutorial from a talented lady if you're looking to make your own. And now that I've watched the video, I wonder how I even accomplished it! Luckily, mine was a step-by-step class or I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have attempted it.

I'm so excited that this is National Cookie Month, so here's a tasty recipe for you to try. It's one of our favorites (it's a chocolate chip cookie that takes the taste just a bit farther than the regular recipe...it takes it to a galaxy far, far away—sorry, I had to!). Here's the delicious recipe.



Happy Wednesday!
Chark